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Queiroz pledges more ambition

Soccernet staff

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz issued a stark warning that his team will be ''more ambitious'' over the course of the World Cup after the 7-0 hammering of North Korea.

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Queiroz's men produced a performance of fluidity and flair to earn their first win of the World Cup in style.

After labouring in their opening Group G stalemate with the Ivory Coast, Portugal were under pressure to deliver against North Korea with a showdown against Brazil still to come. They now head into that clash full of confidence after six goals in the second half made a serious statement to their rivals.

''It's a feeling of great satisfaction for our players in the way they played, the attitude and perseverance with beautiful football and beautiful goals,'' Queiroz said. ''I'd like to register my respect for the North Korea team. They leave with their heads held very high but sometimes we have to face these results.

''It is a great day for Portugal and Portuguese football, to score seven goals. We have to be more ambitious for the next phase.''

Two-goal hero Tiago set his sights on the highly-anticipated clash with Brazil on June 25, saying his side's form should mean they target nothing less than a win over the five-time winners, especially with the pressure of elimination now all but gone.

"It was very good, we're happy because we scored goals,'' said Tiago, who was given the man-of-the-match award by official winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

"That's good, now we're closer to passing through into the knockout stage. We played good football, we're happy for that as much as for scoring a lot of goals. The most important thing was getting the three points. We've done that and we're happy, now we start to think about playing Brazil and looking to finish first in the group. To score six goals in 45 minutes I think is fantastic.

"Now we can breathe and we want to go through. Of course to do that finishing first is better than second, so let's see. We go into the match with confidence now. It's a difficult game against Brazil, they are strong as well.''

North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun was quick to shoulder the blame.

''Tactically speaking we fell apart and we didn't block their attacks,'' he said. ''As a coach it was my fault for not playing the right strategy and that is why we conceded a lot of goals.

''Portugal became more aggressive as the game continued and it was our desire and wish to equalise that led to the collapse. The attack and defence was not balanced well.''




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